“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people whoknow the joyfulsound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk,O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance”Psalm 89:15

There are many different calendars in the world. There is the Gregorian/Julian calendar which is internationally accepted as the civil calendar.  This calendar begins in January and ends in December and includes civil holidays like New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving as well as all of the church holidays.

There is the Liturgical calendar that was generated by the Roman Catholic church with the celebrations that have been embraced by the Protestant (Christian) church.    On this calendar are dates for the celebrations of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.  These celebrations were instituted into the ‘church’ by Constantine in order to bridge the gap between pagan worship and his version of ‘christianity’.  These holidays along with ‘saint days’  like St. Patrick’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, and the Assumption of Mary are also part of the Liturgical Roman Catholic calendar.  Though given Christian ‘significance’, the holidays are pagan-rooted holidays – golden calves honoring ‘other gods.’  Daniel warns those who set themselves up as ‘God’ and change the set times and laws (Daniel 7:25).

The Biblical calendar was established by God with His people Israel beginning with the Passover in Egypt.  The Biblical calendar focuses on His ‘appointed times’.  These are the days and times that Elohim set up to meet with His people in blessed and prophetic ways.  His calendar includes Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits, Feast of Weeks (Shavuot/Pentecost), Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles.  The Biblical calendar also includes the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) and Purim (Feast of Esther). 

The ‘appointed times’ of Yahweh are determined by the sun, moon and stars from the fourth day of creation. Days are rendered sunset to sunset.   Months are approximately 28 days based on a lunar cycle along with the sun.  Years are determined by the movement of constellations in the heavens. All Feasts of the LORD begin at sunset and last 24 hours unless they are a week-long celebration.  

The Jewish calendar is used to determine the dates for the Feasts of the LORD.   We have chosen this calendar to follow because these are the times when the Land of Israel and the Jewish people around the world celebrate them. It is our desire as believers from the nations to be in unity with the Jewish people, God’s chosen nation, and make them jealous for their own Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth (Romans 11).

Each Feast of the LORD has prophetic symbolism for Yeshua’s past, present and future work as Messiah and King. Each is God’s ‘appointed time’ for revealing His plans to the world through His Son. As Yeshua taught with many of his ‘banquet’ parables, everyone is invited to his Father’s celebrations. It is up to us to accept the invitation.

Weekly and Monthly Appointed Times

Sabbath – Weekly Appointed Time, Sunset Friday to Sunset Saturday

Sabbath is a memorial to creation, a sign of the covenant between God and His people, and a vision of the coming eternal Kingdom.

New Moon Festival (Rosh Chodesh) – Begin at the conjunction of the new (dark moon).  All Biblical ‘appointed times’ are set according to the new moon/new month with a 28-day cycle. Passover and Sukkot will  fall on a full moon as they are both the 14-15 day of each month.  

Spring Festivals 2021 (Yeshua became ‘their reality’ at his first coming.)

Passover (Pesach) – Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, 2021

A How-to Celebrate your own Passover

Unleavened Bread (Matzah) – Saturday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2, 2021

Feast of First Fruits (Ha Bikkurim, Resurrection) – April 4, 2021, First day of the week after a weekly Sabbath following Passover. According to Leviticus 23:9, there has to be a weekly Sabbath before Firstfruits, not just ‘a sabbath’ like Passover or Unleavened Bread.

Apostle People – (A unique way to celebrate the Resurrection of Yeshua with your children.)

Counting the Omer – Counting the 50 days between the Resurrection of Messiah on the first day of the week after the weekly Sabbath and Feast of Weeks which also falls on the first day of the week after the weekly Sabbath.

Feast of Weeks (Shavuot/Pentecost) – Sunday, May 23, 2021 (Presently being fulfilled by Yeshua through the Ruach HaKodesh.)

Fall Festivals 2021  (Yeshua will become ‘the reality’ of these ‘appointed times’ at his return.)

Feast of Trumpets – Monday, September 6-7, 2021

Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) – Wednesday, September 15-16, 2021

Feast of Tabernacles – (Sukkot – Feast of Booths) – Monday, September 20-27, 2021

Yeshua’s Birth – According to the Book of Luke, Monday, September 20, 2021

Shimini Atzeret – Eighth Day, Saturday, Monday, September 27, 2021

Simchat Torah (Day of celebrating the Torah), Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Other Biblical Celebrations found in Scripture

Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) – Sunday, November 28 – Monday, December 6, 2021

Purim – Thursday, February 25-26, 2021

Tisha b’Av (9th of Av) – July 17-18, 2021

To understand the prophetic vision in the Feasts of the LORD, purchase the study guide, “Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts.”